On a recent edition of his “83 Weeks” podcast, Eric Bischoff recalled the issues between Goldberg and Chris Jericho in WCW.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On the Goldberg vs. Chris Jericho fight: “It’s all true. Jericho — this was Jericho’s idea. So much of what Jericho is doing during this period of time was really Jericho’s idea. It was his creative, from Ralphus and all of the things that Jericho did that we remember were Jericho’s ideas. This was not really created for him, certainly not by me. And I doubt that Kevin Sullivan had a lot to do with it. That’s not taking anything away from me or Kevin Sullivan. But Chris was really, really — he was emerging as a very creative guy with a good instinct, great instinct. It’s also probably what led to Chris leaving WCW.
“So this creative story and Chris’s input and pushing and what we saw there was highly freaking entertaining. But Bill just for whatever reason, don’t really know. A couple of guesses, but Bill just wouldn’t do it [be involved with Jericho]. And it’s really unfortunate because I think Chris could have made Bill. I think Chris could have given an added dimension to Bill. Again, we’re going to go back to chemistry. Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan. CM Punk, Elite. The same thing. What could have been if everybody had just checked their egos at the door and thought about the opportunity itself and what the opportunity could do long term for everybody, themselves and each other in the company and the fans, could have been freaking awesome. And who knows? Chris may have stuck around WCW. It’s better for him that he didn’t, by the way. Truth be known. But this was the catalyst for Chris deciding to write me a goodbye letter and take his talents elsewhere. As hard as I tried to keep Chris because I did, I offered him quite a bit to stay, but he was determined to go and I think he was right. Chris made a wise decision, a great career move.”
On how he thinks Goldberg and Jericho got off on the wrong foot: “Jericho doesn’t take s**t from anybody. He doesn’t — I think at his core, I don’t think Chris wants to fight anybody or is a fighter by choice. But that doesn’t mean he’s not good at it. And I think Bill disrespected Chris. Well, I know he did. And Chris wasn’t going to tolerate that. I think the reason Bill disrespected Chris, and this is going to come out so f**king wrong. It’s going to come out right the way I mean it, but it will be heard differently by different people and probably certainly by Bill himself. Just add another guy to the list I used to work with that’s pissed me off. But I got to call it like I feel it.
“I think Bill was intimidated by Chris. Not physically, not in a real fight necessarily. But I think Chris was so good and had so much depth. Not only as a performer, but he could do technically in the ring. I mean, he was gifted at an early age. But I think Bill was intimidated by that. And Bill’s way of dealing with being intimidated is to go into Bill Goldberg mode and shut it all down. That’s what happened. It’s just a lack of respect, and insecurity on Bill’s part. And I say insecurity, I mean as a performer. Because let’s face it, Bill was still really new at this point. It’s not like Bill had been in the business for five or six or eight years at this point like Chris had. Bill was still learning every single minute. From the minute he walked into the building to the minute he went home, he was in a learning mode. And he compensated for that, because he was Bill and he was intimidating, and he could be. But at his core, I think he was insecure at this stage of his career he was insecure with what — he was aware of what he didn’t know and wasn’t capable of and didn’t want to compromise that because it might expose him. I sounds like a shrink, but that’s my honest feeling. Chris was a great guy. Is a great guy to this day. And so is Bill. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t insecurities at this point in Bill’s career. And again, not because Bill had any doubt in his physical ability or his ability as a man, but because he knew he was limited in the ring and he wanted to get — and Chris wanted to have a match with him in a program. Which would have required that Bill adapt his style and work differently to work with a guy like Chris and make it work and make it make sense. And I don’t think Bill was ready for that consciously or maybe maybe it was subconsciously. That’s what I think happened.”
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The Issues Between Goldberg and Chris Jericho in WCW: A Look Back
In the world of professional wrestling, rivalries and conflicts are not uncommon. One such feud that gained attention in WCW (World Championship Wrestling) was between Goldberg and Chris Jericho. On a recent edition of his “83 Weeks” podcast, Eric Bischoff, former President of WCW, shed light on the issues that arose between these two talented wrestlers.
According to Bischoff, the creative story involving Goldberg and Jericho was primarily Jericho’s idea. During this period, Jericho was emerging as a creative force with a knack for coming up with unique ideas. However, despite Jericho’s enthusiasm and input, Goldberg refused to be involved with him. This unfortunate clash of egos ultimately led to Jericho’s departure from WCW.
Bischoff believes that Jericho could have added an extra dimension to Goldberg’s character and made their rivalry highly entertaining. He draws parallels to other successful wrestling partnerships, such as Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan or CM Punk and the Elite, where chemistry played a crucial role in creating memorable moments. However, due to the lack of cooperation between Goldberg and Jericho, this potential opportunity was lost.
The root cause of the animosity between the two wrestlers, according to Bischoff, was a lack of respect and insecurity on Goldberg’s part. He suggests that Goldberg felt intimidated by Jericho’s talent and depth as a performer. While Goldberg possessed an intimidating presence, he was still relatively new to the business compared to Jericho. This insecurity prevented Goldberg from adapting his style and working with Jericho in a program that could have elevated both wrestlers.
Bischoff’s analysis highlights the importance of mutual respect and collaboration in professional wrestling. It serves as a reminder that egos and insecurities can hinder the potential for great storytelling and character development. In this case, it led to the departure of a talented wrestler like Chris Jericho, who went on to achieve great success in other promotions.
Despite the issues between them, Bischoff emphasizes that both Goldberg and Jericho are great individuals. He acknowledges that insecurities are common in the wrestling industry, especially when performers are still learning and developing their skills. It is a testament to the competitive nature of the business and the constant need for growth and adaptation.
In conclusion, the Goldberg vs. Chris Jericho feud in WCW serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of collaboration and respect in professional wrestling. It highlights the potential missed opportunities that arise when egos get in the way. However, it also reminds us of the resilience and determination of wrestlers like Chris Jericho, who can turn setbacks into career-defining moments.